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Motorcyclists ride against domestic violence

When a couple of volunteers at the Lewis House domestic violence shelter suggested doing a motorcycle ride as a fundraiser, the idea generated a lot of excitement.

And so the first Bikers Against Domestic Violence Stop the Cycle benefit ride will be held June 14.

“We’re really excited for this event,” said Judy Bowman, Lewis House spokesperson.

The Lewis House, which is operated by 360 Communities, offers safety, support and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence. The center, which is located in Eagan, provides services to more than 3,000 women and children annually.

Bowman said the Lewis House currently has a number of needs, including the need for space for families with special considerations when they come into the facility. She said for those suffering from anxiety and other disorders communal living can be extremely difficult.

The addition will allow the Lewis House to provide better care for people with special consideration. The addition will cost more than $50,000.

As part of the event riders will be treated to a 100-mile scenic motorcycle ride. The route will wind across the Wisconsin border through the river valleys and return to Rosemount.

“The ride route is really beautiful,” said Bowman.

The ride will begin and end at Rosemount VFW Post 9433, 2625 120th St. W. Registration begins at noon. Kickstands go up at 1 p.m.

Burgers, brats, beans and beverages will be served at the VFW after the ride. Cost is $25 for a single rider and $35 for two riders on one motorcycle.

A silent auction, featuring more than 50 items, will be part of the post ride activities.

As long as the weather holds out, Bowman she anticipates a good crowd for the event.

Depending on its initial success, Bowman hopes the ride will become an annual event.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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